Scratchy was a hoodlum who teamed up with violent criminal Cy Chotic when the two released from prison. The two hit Slimy Sams for a few drinks where they witnessed stage magician Moonrock’s hypnotism act. Seeing the possibilities, Scratchy and Cy took Moonrock hostage and forced him to hypnotize the crowd at several stage shows, giving the crooks free reign to steal wallets, purses and jewellry off the crowd. Dick Tracy lured the criminal act to a Police benefit. Trapped by police, Cy choose to shoot it out with Dick Tracy and was shot dead by the detective after which Scratchy quickly surrendered to the police.
Much like the iconic Itchy, Scratchy had an uncontrollable need to scratch himself but this habit did not bother him. When Moonrock offered to hypnotize Scratchy’s need to scratch away he said he found it comforting.